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Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett Play National Anthem at Game 5 of NBA Finals — Video

Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett turned up at Oakland, California's Oracle Arena last night (June 14) to perform the National Anthem.

The duo's instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which was composed by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith, kicked off Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Metallica have some long-standing Bay Area connections. Although they started out in Los Angeles, they moved to San Francisco in the early Eighties. Hetfield and Hammett performed the National Anthem last month at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park before a game against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.